Tintype representing a couple in a traditional pose with false decoration.
The woman wears a shawl, a hat and a jewel. The man, seated, wears a goatee beard very popular in the 1860s.
The plate has some fold marks but the photo is not damaged.
4 inches x 2 1/2 inches or 10cm x 6cm
The Ferrotype process was developed by the Frenchman Adolphe Alexandre Martin (1824-1896) who was looking for a process to improve the work of engraving on plates for printers.
Like the ambrotype, the tintype uses a photosensitive collodion base. This is spread on a 0.15 mm thick iron plate which has been previously covered with black varnish.
Simple, fast, inexpensive, the Ferrotype was a huge commercial success and lasted until the eve of the Second World War in Europe.
Like other types of black and white images, Tintypes can be enhanced with colors applied with a brush by artisan photographers.
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